The Johore Bar forwarded their invitation to the Kuala Lumpur Bar Council – Corporate & Conveyancing Practice Committee (“KLBC CCPC”) to deliver a seminar on Wills, Probate, LA and SEDA for one day on the 11th October 2018 at the Johore Bar Council Auditorium located at the Johore Bar building, No. 5, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Susur 1/1, 80000 Johor Bahru. Our Puan Sarah Kambali had agreed to participate and delivered her part on the topic of Wills.

The programme on that day was arranged as follows:

10.00 am –11.30 am   │ Topic WILLS (1 hour 30mins)

11.30 am – 11.45 am  │ Morning break (15 mins)

11.45 am – 1.00 pm    │Topic Probate (1 hour 15mins)

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm      │ Lunch (1 hour)

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm      │ Topic LA (1 hour 30mins)

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm      │ Topic SEDA (1 hour)

The audience that turned up for the seminar was about 100 pax, which was an unexpected but pleasant turnup. The auditorium was filled, and there was a need to use two projectors for the convenience of the audience.

In delivering the topic on Wills, Puan Sarah’s aim was to create an awareness about the importance of Will writing. She had also given a basic overview of what are the elements of a Will, what makes a Will valid and those legal aspects which invalidates a Will and what makes a Will challengeable. At the end of her session, Puan Sarah clarified queries from the audience and highlighted on frequently asked questions pertaining to Will writing.

After Puan Sarah’s segment, the other speakers’ delivered their talk, which was interrelated to the topic of Wills. In summary of the seminar as a whole, upon death of a person with a Will, there will be an action to be taken in Court; which is the application for a Grant of Probate. In the event that the person dies with no will, another action is applied in Court; which is the application for Letters of Administration (LA). And in addition to the above application, if the property of the deceased is below RM2 Million and certain other requirements are met, it is possible to go through Small Estate Distribution Act (“SEDA”). SEDA is a procedure or application that is catered to assist and ease the public in terms of cost.

In conclusion, the audience for the seminar were tentative to all the topics and stayed throughout the day. At the end of each session, the audience engaged the speakers in discussions by asking questions pertaining to all the four topics. We are thankful that the Johore Bar extended the invite and hope that we would be able to have more seminar or training sessions to share information and create a better and knowledgeable person on Wills and other related topics.